Tag Archives: Astronomer Royal

Support

When I began the project I knew nothing of the Royal Society, what an Astronomer Royal might be or what form the wonderful ‘Philosophical Transactions’ took (which have supplied so much of my source material). The learning process – particularly … Continue reading

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Talk about Hutton

Without Professor Robin Johnson there would be no ‘centre piece’ map in the exhibition, Robin was able to enlighten and elucidate on the maths Charles Hutton used in inventing lines of equal altitude. As Nevil Maskelyne – the Astronomer Royal … Continue reading

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Great lines, Faint lines

It’s not even a page in length; there is just one paragraph that makes clear Hutton is inventing a new type of line: “This method was the connecting together by a faint line all the points which were of the … Continue reading

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Chas. Hutton – The Man

Charles Hutton was born in Newcastle in 1737; I wonder what he himself would have cited as his greatest achievement? He had much to be proud of: good at maths, his first teaching post was in Jesmond, for how many … Continue reading

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Place Names

It’s Charles Hutton I imagine scrabbling over Schiehallion with, although highly unlikely that he ever visited; his traversing occurred on paper. I should rather think of Charles Mason who made the initial survey on its suitability for the experiment, or … Continue reading

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Three Hands

Back from the Netherlands and now based up at Highgreen for a week surrounded by high moorland, I’m itching to slip out of the watery depths and into the airy light of contour lines proper. The good news is I … Continue reading

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The Experiment that led to an invention of Contour Lines

The title of Maskelyne’s 1775 paper is splendid: An Account of Observations made on the Mountain Schehallien for finding its Attraction. He spent 4 long summer months high on a mountainside, gazing nightly up into the heavens, how could he … Continue reading

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